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Old 07-15-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Possible Nebraska-Dakotas Road Run?

For several years, I've been knocking around the idea of organizing an informal bike run from the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states, just south of the KS-NE border outside Lebanon, KS, up U.S. Route 281, to the site that marks the center of North America (675 miles). I told a friend of mine the idea and his response was, "Why? That's the middle of nowhere." I said, "Wrong, it's the middle of everything!" I love riding extremely rural 2-lane roads. I thought ADVrider would be the best place to find others who might agree with me.

Here's a Google Map of the route:

http://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mi...0.kjb9f1f12REA

So I'm tossing this out to gauge interest. To make it a challenge, I'd like to encourage people to try it on a small-bore bike. I'd personally make up commemorative patches and give one to anybody who completes the trip on a motorcycle of 281cc or less.

I'm thinking the Saturday closest to the summer solstice, which in 2015 would be June 20th. If you took off at dawn, you could average just 45 MPH and still finish by sundown.

Any takers, or am I the only one this would appeal to?
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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That actually sounds like fun. I'll keep an eye on this to see if it all comes together.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:28 AM   #4
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While you're at it you could go to the "Center of the Nation" in Bell Fourche, SD, or the "True Center of the Nation" located about 10 miles North on a nice gravel road!

N44 58.000 W103 46.000




You can see a USGA Survey marker in the concrete base, at about the 1:00 position.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:06 AM   #5
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Sounds like something right up my alley. Probably wouldn't be on a small bore but i'd be game none the less.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:11 AM   #6
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While you're at it you could go to the "Center of the Nation" in Bell Fourche, SD, or the "True Center of the Nation" located about 10 miles North on a nice gravel road!
Hmmm...that's all the way on the west side of SD. Could be a two-day thing: about 550 miles from Lebanon, KS to Bell Fourche the first day, and about 450 miles from there to Rugby the second.

Probably best to drop the whole small-bore idea with that kind of distance, though. Maybe on a CBR250R...I don't think I'd ever subject my Bultaco 200 (or me on it!) to that level of abuse.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:39 AM   #7
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #8
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Okay, since I haven't been laughed out of town, I've given this some more thought, and I think the original one-day, two-point route is preferable. And I don't think the small-bore focus made any sense, so it's just going to be a ride-whatever-ya-got kind of thing. I've christened it the "Smackdab Rally" (because it's smack-dab in the middle of the nation/continent), and come up with the finisher's patch.



To be clear, this will be very much a wildcattin' thing: no entry fees, no registration, no roadside assistance, no group accommodations and NOT A GROUP RIDE. You ride on your own, at your own pace. Somebody will be at the marker in KS for about an hour after dawn with a sign-in sheet. Someone (the same or a different person) will be at the destination monument for the last hour before sundown, with a similar sheet. Show up both places and sign both sheets, and I'll send you a patch after the fact. That's it.

If there are more than 15-20 people who do it, I may charge something for the patches to offset the cost of printing and mailing them.
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Still hoping to do this and if I do, wouldn't have any problems paying for the patch. Or stickers, they're cheaper.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:37 PM   #11
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JUNE 20, 2015

@Lebanon, KS
Dawn (Civil Twilight): 5:33 AM
Sunrise: 6:06 AM

@Rugby, ND
Sunset: 9:44 PM
Dusk (Civil Twilight): 10:26 PM

Total Time:
Sunrise to Sunset: 15 Hours, 38 Minutes
Dawn to Dusk: 16 Hours, 53 Minutes
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Still hoping to do this and if I do, wouldn't have any problems paying for the patch. Or stickers, they're cheaper.
Probably will do both.
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Sounds cool. Dorky and obscure, but I totally like those kind if things. Hope it goes off.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:55 AM   #15
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